CSAH 144 and TH 101 Interchange

CSAH 144 and TH 101 Interchange

The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT), Hennepin County and the City of Rogers are studying the intersection of TH 101 and CSAH 144 (141st Avenue North). The agencies are evaluating alternatives to replace the existing traffic signal with an interchange. This web page will be a resource for residents, property owners and businesses to refer to as the study and project progress.


This construction project will consist of four primary stages that will affect traffic flows. Lane closures, temporary detours, temporary traffic signals and other changes will take place. These stages are set up to provide safety in the work area and to minimize traffic congestion while still allowing access to local businesses.

Stage 1

Staging 1b

Stage 2

Staging 2b

Stage 3

Staging 3

Stage 4

Staging 4

The following links are the materials presented at the April 26, 2012 Open House. All links are in PDF format and may require your browser's zooming features to view the documents at a readable size.


Layout Impacts:

Crash and Safety Analysis

Level of Service & Queue Length

Average Daily Traffic

Various stakeholders, ranging from permitting agencies (such as the DNR and Watershed Districts) to residents, business owners and property owners living or working along or near the roadway, have an interest in the development of the roadway project. The partnering agencies recognize that these interests vary in perspective. The agencies will use information provided by the various stakeholders when making their decision on the final improvements. There are a number of activities which will occur throughout the design process that will allow for input from the various stakeholders. Agency and public involvement activities will include:

  • Project Management Team Meetings:  The city has assembled a Project Management Team (PMT) to provide input and feedback on the proposed project. Members of the PMT include staff from the City of Rogers, Hennepin County and MnDOT. The PMT will meet monthly to discuss various aspects of this project. The PMT members exchange technical and political information on the project between the governmental stakeholders for this project. The PMT members report information to their various councils and/or boards and provide directives for action during this project's development.
  • Agency Coordination Meetings:  Throughout the project development process various agencies will have concerns regarding resources that may be impacted due to the project. Staff from the partnering agencies will meet with the individual agencies to gain an understanding of their concerns and work through possible mitigation strategies or design improvements necessary to reach consensus.
  • Presentations at City Council Meetings:  The consultant working on the project and city staff will present project information at city council meetings and/or workshops to solicit input from elected officials about the proposed project.
  • Public Open House Meetings:  The first of two public open house meetings was held on Thursday, April 26, 2012 from 5:00pm to 7:00pm at the Rogers Activity Center. The partnering agencies provided informational materials and maps to show the need for the project, the proposed interchange concepts, and potential impacts of the project on traffic in the area and the environment. Verbal and written comments were taken by the project staff and will be published on this website shortly. If you missed the open house meeting, the materials presented at the meeting are available to download.

    The second open house meeting is currently scheduled for Wednesday, July 11, 2012 from 5:00pm to 6:30pm at the Rogers Activity Center. The partnering agencies will be presenting the updated layouts for the preferred alternative (the Diverging Diamond Interchange) and other alternatives studied (the Tight Diamond Interchange and Single Point Urban Interchange) as well as the traffic, safety, environmental, and other information studied so far. A mailing with this information will be sent to property owners within a half-mile radius of the project site approximately two weeks before the meeting date.

  • Individual Property Owner Meetings:  For property owners that will be directly impacted (property impacted) by the proposed project, individual meetings will be held. Staff from the City of Rogers will be contacting these property owners.
  • Newsletter Updates:  Information about the project will be included in the city's newsletter. A link to the project web site will be provided.

As part of the process, the partnering agencies will be completing an environmental analysis of the impacts associated with constructing an interchange. This document is known as a Categorical Exclusion. Issues identified and discussed in the document include: wetlands, floodplain, threatened and endangered species, surface water runoff, noise, property impacts, bicycle and pedestrian accommodations, etc. The document requires the agencies to identify mitigation measures for impacts that result from the project. Once completed, the document will be approved by the reviewing agencies. A copy of the final document will be posted at a later date.

TH 101 is a principal arterial roadway that links I-94 to US 10/US 169. It crosses both the Crow and Mississippi Rivers, links several communities and is an important connection to Greater Minnesota. In 2010, TH 101 carried approximately 41,500 cars in the project area. North of the project area, MnDOT and its partners have invested several million dollars in upgrading TH 101 to a freeway facility by replacing signalized intersections with interchanges and removing other access points.

The need for an interchange at TH 101 and CSAH 144 has been documented for years. In 2002, MnDOT identified the need for an interchange in this location as part of its Interregional Corridor Study. The interchange has also been included in the city's comprehensive plan and the Hennepin County transportation plan. The need for the interchange is a result of the heavy traffic volumes along TH 101 and its intersecting roadways. Additionally, the intersection at CSAH 144 has a history of crashes that exceed the typical crash rates for other similar roadways.

In 2010 the City of Rogers applied for and received a $9.2 million dollar SaM (Safety and Mobility) grant from MnDOT for the interchange construction. This grant requires the city to have the project ready for construction by January 1, 2014. In order to get the project ready for construction by the grant deadline, the city and its partners need to identify and select a preferred interchange type, complete an environmental analysis of the impacts associated with converting the intersection to an interchange, complete the final plans for both the roadways and the bridge and let a construction contract. Throughout this process, the partnering agencies will be providing information to the public. The agencies are also seeking input and feedback from affected property owners and businesses.